Max Zhang Turns in Strong Performances at World University Games
July 15, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia - Center Max Zhang, who will be a sophomore for the Golden Bears this coming season, represented his native China well at the recent World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. A native of Yantai, he led China in rebounding in five of the six contests and averaged 18.0 ppg and 17.3 rpg in the tournament.
Zhang posted a pair of triple-doubles, including a 25-point, 12-rebound, 10-block performance vs. Iran. Against Australia, Zhang grabbed 22 rebounds to go with his 18 points. In China's final game of the tournament vs. South Africa, Zhang snared 22 boards for the second time.
In addition, Zhang had 15 points, 16 boards and eight blocks in China's opener vs. Italy and 12 points, 15 rebounds and a tournament-high 10 blocks vs. Canada. China finished with a record of 2-4 in the Games.
The 7-3 Zhang led all players in the tournament with his 17.3 rpg and 5.6 bpg (34 blocks). He came in seventh in scoring (18.0 ppg). Zhang also finished sixth in minutes played, averaging 34 per game.
The host country Serbia defeated Russia, 73-51, in the Gold Medal game. The United States defeated Israel, 91-80, in the Bronze Medal game.
As a redshirt freshman for the Bears in 2008-09, Zhang saw action in 15 games, averaging 1.3 ppg and 0.6 rpg. He was second on the team with 13 blocks.
For more information on Zhang's performances at the World University Games, click here. Zhang is listed with his given first game, Zhaoxu.